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What to do if your brain injury symptoms seem worse?

Many brain injury survivors including myself deal with symptoms caused from their brain injury.

A few of these symptoms are paralysis of one side, vision troubles such as double vision, short and long term memory loss, fatigue, headaches and others depending on the brain injury.

While these symptoms are challenging to live with they do become the “new normal” for a brain injury survivor. For myself it is something I have learned to manage by living a healthy and somewhat active lifestyle.

Despite living a healthy and active lifestyle, there are still occasional moments when my symptoms act up more than usual which in the past could make me concerned or even anxious.

The concern or anxiety was due to thinking I was possibly having another bleed in my brain.

My brain injury was an acquired brain injury or ABI and wasn’t from a hit to the head like those who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

So what do I do if my brain injury symptoms seem worse or are firing up more than usual?

⁃ breathing exercises, I breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it in 4 seconds, exhale 4 seconds, hold it in for 4 seconds and repeat.

⁃ Meditation

⁃ Go for a short walk

⁃ Remind myself that I’ve felt these symptoms act up before so this is normal or my “new normal”

⁃ Lay down and relax

⁃ Drink water

If you have symptoms from your brain injury, try these tips out so you don’t become too overwhelmed or worried when they act up.

I do have to mention, if you think something is wrong and that’s why your symptoms are acting worse than usual you should tell a friend or family member and maybe go see a doctor.

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